Biography of Joseph W. Boyd
Marion County, IA Biographies





Joseph W. Boyd is one of the leaders in the industrial life of Pella and is connected with the Pella Overall Company. He was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, on the 6th of November, 1855, a son of Leslie and Elizabeth (Marion) Boyd. The family is of Scotch-Irish descent. Leslie Boyd was engaged in the horse business and was very successful therein. Mr. Boyd of this review was given the advantages of a public school education and in 1878, when a young man of about twenty three years, went to Chicago, where he became connected with the garment maker's business. He was for a time cutter for the Straus-Kahn Company and later went to Columbus, Georgia, where he was superintendent for the Georgia Manufacturing Company until 1908. He then removed to Racine, living a few months in that city, but in 1909 he came to Pella, where he has since resided. He is connected with the Pella Overall Company as manager and his knowledge of the problems of administration, involving alike questions of production and distribution, make him a valuable executive.

Mr. Boyd was married in 1881 to Miss Minnie Brock of Chicago, and to their union were born four sons and a daughter: Harry, the pastor of the Presbyterian church at Olean, New York; Leslie Warren, who has passed away; Charlotte Elizabeth, at home; George L., residing in Des Moines; and Joseph W., Jr., living at Pella. Mr. Boyd is a republican when national issues are at stake, but in local affairs votes independently, believing that non partisanship is the best in municipal elections. Fraternally he belongs to the Masonic order, in which he has attained the Knight Templar degree, and to the Knights of Pythias, and his religious belief is indicated by his affiliation with the Second Reformed church. In the five years that he has lived in Pella he has not only contributed to the upbuilding of her industrial life but has also aided largely in the furtherance of those civic movements which mean progress and advancement for the whole community.

From:
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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